Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Botanical Blooms

Our theme this month in ARTHaven was Botanical Blooms.  Anyone who knows me knows that flowers are my favorite subject to photograph, so this was a great theme for me to play with.  We were challenged to create a card with matching envelope, a tag, a pillow box and a gothic arch hanging piece.  Here are the first three of mine -- I will post the arch later tonight when the final addition to it has dried.  I hope the ladies who will be receiving these enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. 

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Little Bird Art....

I wanted to share with you an art piece I am proud of.  It is not often that I am really happy with what I create.  I always feel like it needs something when I finish...except this time.  With input from my dear friend Kerry, I was able to make something very special for our friend Diann.  It was a swap in the ARTHaven group, but I was struggling and not happy with the fabric hangie I was creating.   It just wasn't speaking to me.  One day while visiting Kerry, I wandered into Joann's and this fabric jumped up and shouted at me - and I knew it was just perfect for Diann with her love of birds and flowers.   And so I started over... and I am so glad I did. 

The background is natural canvas and the bird piece is layered on top of that with frayed edges.  The berries are all French Knots.  There are paint accents on the bird and branches to highlight them, and a bit of sparkle was added to his beautiful beak.  The lace was hand dyed with Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers, and couldn't have turned out more perfectly.  A raid of Kerry's incredible stash of flowers provided the perfect branch and a flower that was made just for this piece.  The orange of the flower is the perfect accent for the birds beautiful colors.

The best part of the whole project was Diann's excitement and enthusiasm over this.  It made my day knowing she liked it and thought it was worth the wait. 

Thanks for visiting and letting me share with you.